Expanded Testing Designed to Inform Mitigation Efforts
Today, at Gov. Brad Little’s press conference, he outlined Idaho’s new testing strategy developed by the COVID-19 Testing Task Force. The testing strategy recommends expansion of testing and contact tracing and outlines how Idaho will prioritize testing across the state. It is important to note that the testing strategy is one part of an integrated response to the pandemic mitigation efforts in Idaho. The Division of Public Health will now develop an action plan to implement the testing strategy.
Just a few weeks ago, because of limited testing capacity, epidemiologists and others across the United States were recommending testing only for those who were symptomatic. Today, testing capacity has increased, and the Testing Task Force plan recommends prioritized expansion of testing across Idaho. The plan will be updated periodically.
Have a Safe and Healthy Memorial Day Weekend
As we enter into this Memorial Day weekend, I encourage the residents of Idaho to do those things that give you a sense of normalcy in your lives. I hope you can enjoy biking or hiking in the mountains of Idaho, walking in your neighborhood, or having cookouts and small family gatherings.
Thanks to you, Idaho continues with its reopening plan. Your commitment to protecting your neighbors and friends, by following the recommended precautions below, will continue to help us slow the spread of COVID-19 in Idaho.
- Keep at least six feet between you and others in public
- Wear face coverings in public places (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus, and do not know it, from transmitting it to others)
- Stay home if you are sick
- Wash your hands often
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly
On this Memorial Day weekend, I hope you will take a moment to remember and honor the fallen men and women of U.S Military. I give my sincerest gratitude to the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the peace and security of our country.
Please stay safe and stay healthy.